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Windows XP SP3 Beta Expanded to MSDN, Technet

Windows XP SP3 Beta Expanded to MSDN, Technet

Although we know Windows XP SP3 isn't going to be feature-laden, it does offer, according to tests, a noticeable speed increase. And on Monday Microsoft increased the beta coverage of SP3 by making it available to MSDN and Technet subscribers.

Microsoft late Monday expanded its beta test of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to subscribers of its MSDN and TechNet programs, releasing what is being called a "near-final release candidate." The move is likely harbinger of a public beta, as the latest SP3 code will be in the hands of far more than the 15,000 who originally were given access in mid-November.

As we know, SP3 is a rollup of all previously released XP updates consisting, according to Microsoft of "security updates, out-of-band releases, and hotfixes." What we don't know is when the public beta will occur, though it would seem likely it's going to be soon, or exactly when SP3 will ship. As always that will depend on "feedback," meaning how many bugs beta testers find.

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I read one article a few weeks back that talked about how SP3 was something that offered such a performance increase that we should be impressed -- when in fact most of the benchmarking came off applications like Office and WMP instead of general OS performance.

Can anyone affirm or deny this at all? Just for my own curiosity

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i would welcome a speed increase, but that is just another nail in the coffin for vista. Why switch when what you have is faster and better than vista minus the Dx10, and areo. I might just have to beta SP3 to give you guys some more info.

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